Vitaly Milonov, the champion of the anti-gay ban in Russia, says British actor and outspoken opponent of the law Stephen Fry is a “bringer of evil.”
In an interview in St. Petersburg with the AFP, Milonov went on to compare homosexuality to pedophilia and said “Gays do not have any support in Russian society.”
Fry met with British Prime Minister David Cameron in August, asking him to ban Russia from hosting the 2014 Winter Gamers the country’s new ban on homosexual propaganda. Cameron refused.
“For me Stephen Fry is a bringer of evil, as he expresses ideas which are evil,” Milonov told AFP.
“It’s a declaration of our values, our response to the challenges of the present time,” Milonov said of the ban.
“Thank God that we have Putin, who defends the basic interests of Russia, for defending its values,” he added, saying that Russia “needs to resist the wave of degradation that has seized the Western world.”
Milonov isn't concerned with alienating Western spectators and athletes from the games.
“I do not know why we have to apologize in front of Westerners," he said. "The preaching tone that they adopted in this area does not suit us.”
“Ninety-five percent of Russians are against gay marriage. Gays do not have any support in Russian society,” he added.
“We could say that paedophilia is a sexual choice we could say that murder is one way to survive. But truth is truth and we cannot change the way things are. Homosexuality is not normal, I’m sorry.”
Fry, who many Americans recognize from his depiction of Oscar Wilde opposite Jude Law in “Wilde”, has been an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, comparing him to Dobby the House Elf in “Harry Potter.”
In an open letter to David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee, Fry called Deputy Milonov “oafish and stupid.”
“At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilized world,” Fry wrote. “He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews.”
Putin said this month that the ban is to encourage heterosexual relations that can beget children because “Russia and European countries have a big problem, the birth rate is low, Europeans are dying out. Same-sex marriages do not produce children.”
The IOC said announced this week that they have no intention of challenging the ban on gay propaganda and that they are "fully satisfied" with Russia hosting the games.